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Christopher Guest's HBO mockumentary series Family Tree gets a teaser trailer

Mar. 19, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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I have loved every Christopher Guest movie up to FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. When Guest abandoned his mockumentary style of filmmaking that originated with THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Guest lost that magic. Sure, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION was okay, but it was no WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW, or even A MIGHTY WIND.

Guest, who hasn't directed a feature since FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, has decided to take his latest project to HBO. FAMILY TREE has been in development for a while and we finally have our first look at the teaser for the show. Starring Chris O'Dowd as an guy tracking down his relatives across the world, also stars Guest's frequent troupe of actors, including Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Don Lake, and Ed Begley Jr. Jim Piddock, who created the show with Guest, also stars in the series.

I would assume the series will have a short run of 13 episodes or less, but I hope Guest finds a consistent way to be funny as having a weekly dose of his comedic genius would be a nice way to spend a television season.

FAMILY TREE premiers on HBO this May.

Source: Deadline

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11:44AM on 03/21/2013

is this supposed to replace Curb?

loved Best in Show and A Mighty Wind but i feel like HBO is doing what they've been doing with all their shows. Girls is trying to replace sex in the city
boardwalk is trying to replace the sopranos
and now this show is trying to replace curb

i'll give the show a try but i'd rather see another season of Curb than HBO trying to copy the same formula
loved Best in Show and A Mighty Wind but i feel like HBO is doing what they've been doing with all their shows. Girls is trying to replace sex in the city
boardwalk is trying to replace the sopranos
and now this show is trying to replace curb

i'll give the show a try but i'd rather see another season of Curb than HBO trying to copy the same formula
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6:50PM on 03/19/2013

What!

I actually take this as big news! Mr. Guest is what of my comedy heroes. His impact on film and comedy alike is immeasurable but unfortunately I don't know think many realize that.
So stoked for this.
I actually take this as big news! Mr. Guest is what of my comedy heroes. His impact on film and comedy alike is immeasurable but unfortunately I don't know think many realize that.
So stoked for this.
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6:16PM on 03/19/2013
Well, I'm glad Guest is going back to that, but I rather doubt that it will have the same impact if he'd done it ten years ago. Basically since "The Office" the mockumentary format has become more and more common in TV shows. Even "Modern Family" does it a little bit. But while Christopher Guest wasn't the only one doing that sort of thing back in the '90s, he was arguably the best at it.

And I am totally with you on "For Your Consideration."
Well, I'm glad Guest is going back to that, but I rather doubt that it will have the same impact if he'd done it ten years ago. Basically since "The Office" the mockumentary format has become more and more common in TV shows. Even "Modern Family" does it a little bit. But while Christopher Guest wasn't the only one doing that sort of thing back in the '90s, he was arguably the best at it.

And I am totally with you on "For Your Consideration."
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5:53PM on 03/19/2013
I'll check it out only because I am a big fan of Chris O' Dowd. Ever since I saw him in Pirate Radio, the man has been hilarious in everything from that to Bridesmaids, Dinner For Schmucks, This Is 40, and Friends With Kids.

The dude deserves to be a leading comedic star. Movie or show.
I'll check it out only because I am a big fan of Chris O' Dowd. Ever since I saw him in Pirate Radio, the man has been hilarious in everything from that to Bridesmaids, Dinner For Schmucks, This Is 40, and Friends With Kids.

The dude deserves to be a leading comedic star. Movie or show.
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6:31PM on 03/19/2013
Chris O'Dowd is awesome. I'm sure you've seen him in The IT Crowd but also check him out in the show Moone Boy on Sky One. Very good stuff.
Chris O'Dowd is awesome. I'm sure you've seen him in The IT Crowd but also check him out in the show Moone Boy on Sky One. Very good stuff.
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